Zocher Ha'brit v' Zocher Chasdei Avot - He remembers the covenant, and He remembers the kindnesses of the Patriarchs.
The spiritual aspiration of Sefirat Ha-Omer is expressed in the opening words of the mitzva.
The order of creation depends not on chronology but on activity.
In contrast to an ecstatic worship flowing from a wine-induced joy, Aharon Ha-Kohen is instructed to find internal happiness.
Even Moshe Rabeinu needs to think about the lessons taught to him by Hashem.
While spiritual identity may include external influences, the most enduring influence must emerge from within. Betzalel carries the names of his parents and of his tribe--but he merits overseeing the construction of the Mishkan on account of the identity he acquires for himself.
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This shiur was delivered at Congregation Or Torah on 7 Adar 5770 - February 21, 2010 as part of the YUTMK's Kollel Yom Rishon Program.
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The greatness of Moshe Rabeinu's response to Hashem's claims against Bnei Yisrael.
The unity of the Jewish People is symbolized by the relationship between Yosef and his brothers, and is carried on the shoulders of its most empathic representative.